Tokina 16-28 2.8 vs Canon 16-35 2.8 II

Started Feb 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jay Adeff
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In reply to dirkluchtman, Feb 17, 2012

I currently use the Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 on a 5D-MkII and a 5D. I bought it to replace the Canon 16-35 2.8L MK1 because of the exact same reviews you read. I figured if it performed equal to or better than the Canon 16-35 2.8L MkII, it would certainly be better than the first Canon 16-35. I don't use wide angle lenses very often so I didn't want to pay for the 16-35 MkII, but I did want a really sharp, low distortion, fast wide angle zoom. The lack of USM didn't bother me, and the inability to use filters didn't really bother me so much either since I primarily shoot people and not landscapes.

In my experience, the Tokina is a superb lens. Extremely sharp and low distortion, even wide open at f/2.8. Focusing has not been an issue on either camera, and the build quality is really top notch. If this lens fits in with your needs and budget, don't hesitate.

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